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Locating The Cultures Of Lower Nubia In The Late Neolithic, Early And Middle Bronze Age: Some Preliminary Conclusions

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This chapter focuses on Lower Nubias interface with Egypt and Upper Nubia in the Late Neolithic, Early and Middle Bronze Age by discussing cases of parallelism, acculturation and retardation in the symbolic and descriptive representation of the world and the structure and iconography of rulership and religion. The similarities and differences between Egypt and Nubia before the New Kingdom are discussed. The chapter presents a survey of Lower Nubian history in a period, when there existed no political frontiers and life in the Nile Valley was not separated from life in the desert. In Kerma, the trend of development of conceptions connected to the rulers ultimate authority was the opposite. Besides the Western Deffufa and the shrines of the secondary agglomeration, a great number of chapels of different architectural types were discovered in the Middle and Classic period town.

Keywords: Early Bronze Age; Kerma; Late Neolithic age; Lower Nubia; Middle Bronze Age; Nile Valley; Western Deffufa



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